Today we found a gloriously silly post at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog. The thing is titled Is Information a Naturally Occurring Phenomenon?
It was written by Klinghoffer. He’s a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. He’s really flinging the poo today! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The question on which the evolution debate turns is whether biological information is a naturally occurring phenomenon, like lightning or salt crystals, or whether, like books or hieroglyphic inscriptions, it requires an author. But what is information?
That’s a good question. We answered it six years ago in Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information, where we said:
It’s something like pixie dust. It’s in your DNA. Without information, DNA is just … well, it’s a big molecule. But when the ghostly goodie of information is added — Shazam! Yes, it’s rather like vitalism, but the Discoveroids don’t want you to notice that.
Okay, you know what we’re dealing with. Klinghoffer then tells us all about “information” by quoting Eric Holloway, about whom we’ve blogged once or twice before, most recently a month ago when we wrote The Discoveroids’ Design Detector Is Back! Today Klinghoffer quotes Holloway on the subject of information:
The answer is staring us right in the face. [Really?] Let’s look at the word “information” and break it into pieces: in-form-ation. The word is itself telling us the nature of information. It is saying that a thing is informative when it has been formed. [Ooooooooooooh! That is brilliant!]
What does it mean to be formed? Let’s think about things that are formed. We can form a lump of clay. We can carve a piece of wood, giving it form. We can cut a piece of paper into a form. In each of these cases, we take raw matter and shape it according to an external pattern. This must be what information means: a raw medium has been shaped by an external pattern.
So we can now begin to understand what information is. When we have some sort of raw material which is arranged according to an external pattern, we can produce information.
Are you beginning to grasp the magnificence of the concept of “information”? It has to be formed, or shaped. Or — isn’t it obvious? — it needs a designer! There’s not much more that needs to be said, so Klinghoffer ends with this:
Read the rest at Mind Matters. [Link omitted!] When Darwinists seek to mislead with insinuations that the controversy about intelligent design is about the Bible, the reply is simple. No, the controversy is about information.
Did you get that? The Discoveroids aren’t a bunch of bible-banging creationists. Oh no, they’re scientists, and their science is about detecting information — which is created by the intelligent designer — blessed be he! If you don’t understand that, you’re a fool!
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